Patient Outcomes Influenced by Hospital Volume and Surgeon Specialty
The authors evaluated articles published between Jan. 1, 1990 and Jan. 20, 2011 that studied the effects of surgeon specialty as well as hospital and surgeon volume of lung resections on mortality and survival. They compiled data from 19 studies that met stringent criteria.
Researchers found that high volume hospitals had lower postoperative deaths compared with lower volume hospitals and thoracic and cardiothoracic surgeons had lower risks of mortality compared to general surgeons. There was a greater association of lower mortality with high volume centers as opposed to individual surgeons suggesting that the system and team involved in the post-operative care are important.